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Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

September – October is the BEST time to plant a fescue lawn. I have tips on planting a new lawn or an existing lawn, whether with seed or sod. I also cover what kind of fescue is best. It is not as important as you think it is, but everyone’s...

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Venomous (Poisonous) Caterpillars – Photos

Several kinds of venomous caterpillars are commonly seen in late summer – early fall. They are usually inconspicuous, so when one is encountered it’s “OUCH – what stung me???!!“. Below are photos of those you might find in the Southeast. Because they are so uncommon and because they feed on...

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Turfgrasses (Lawn Grass) – Identifying

Unlike trees, which have distinctive leaves, or blooming plants, which have distinctive flowers, turfgrass identification is much more difficult for the amateur . There are five major lawn grasses grown in Georgia. Following are characteristics that will help you distinguish them: TALL FESCUE is green throughout the year but tends...

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Leyland Cypress – Limited Lifespan

Nothing lives forever. Whether plant or animal, living things seem to have typical life spans: some measured in centuries and some in days. Leyland cypress is enormously popular in Southern landscapes. It’s been planted by the millions.  Even so, it is not particularly suited for heat and drought. Both lead...

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Hydrangea Summer Pruning – Step by Step

The recent summer rains filled the leaves and roots of my hydrangeas with water, making them strong. Now that the flowers have faded in late June I can prune them to the size I want for next year. Look at the photos below to see before and after shots. I...

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  • Egg Cartons – Use As Seed Starters

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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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Blueberry – Determining Your Variety

Q: How can I determine what variety of blueberry bushes I have in my yard? A: You can’t do it definitively. You might be able to make a good guess by observing when yours fruit. ‘Climax’ is earlier than ‘Brightwell’,...

READ MORE

Canna – Not A Winter Plant

Q: I have a question about when to transplant canna. I would like to move mine but I’m not sure when to do it. A: Canna is not always winter hardy outdoors in the Atlanta area. This winter will test...

READ MORE

Patio Gardening – Herbs and Vegetables

Q: I live in an apartment but I have private patio. I am interested in planting herb and vegetables on a small scale using pots. A: I found a great resource for vegetable container gardening AND a very useful calendar...

READ MORE

Cherry Laurel – Not Growing As Expected

Q: We planted eight Carolina cherry laurels six years ago. They were supposed to grow but are still the same size as when they were planted. What may be the problem? A: When shrubs or trees refuse to grow to...

READ MORE

Removing Plants – Where Can They Go?

Q: I plan on removing numerous plants and shrubs from my back yard including: azaleas, mop head hydrangeas, oak leaf hydrangeas, rhododendrons and hostas. Rather than have these plants destroyed and sent to the landfill, is there anyone you know...

READ MORE

Peppers – Planting Bell With Hot

Q: Can I plant bell peppers and hot peppers together or will they cross pollinate? A: They might cross-pollinate but this will not affect their taste. Pepper flowers contain both male and female organs, so the flowers typically pollinate themselves....

READ MORE

Beehives – Bee Friendly Plants

Q: I have nine bee hives and am a member of a local beekeepers club. We need to know what bee-friendly plants are blooming when. A: I well remember my beekeeper father moving his hives from place to place to...

READ MORE

Hydrangea – Droopy Leaves

Q: My wife had surgery and her boss gave her a hydrangea in a pot. It had beautiful blooms but now they are drying and falling off. The leaves look a little droopy as well. A: My observation with florist...

READ MORE

Dawn Redwood – Losing Leaves

Q: I bought a dawn redwood through the Arbor Day website two years ago. It seemed to be thriving until recently. After Thanksgiving, I noticed all the needles had fallen off. But the branches seem to be alive still. A:...

READ MORE

Perennials – Near A Septic System

Q: We just moved into a new home and want to do some landscaping in the back yard. Can you suggest some shallow rooted perennials that can safely be planted over our septic drain field? A: I don’t think there...

READ MORE

Peace Lily – Keeping It Healty

Q: I was given a potted peace lily eight years ago. It’s had a few deformed blossoms but has not bloomed since. It appears healthy, but never increases in size. A: Daryl Pulis (MrsGreenThumb.com ) says to knock the plant...

READ MORE

Mock Orange – Turning Brown

Q: My mock orange plants are a bit brown after the big freeze. What should I do now, if anything? A: All you can do is wait. On several shrubs (Indica azalea, pittosporum, fatsia, etc) , much damage may show...

READ MORE

Egg Cartons – Use As Seed Starters

Q: I have collected paper egg cartons to use for seed starters. Will the paper bio-degrade or will I need to ‘pull’ the seedling and soil to transplant it? A: In my experience, you can “crumble” the carton pocket on...

READ MORE

Tomatoes – Starting Inside

Q: I want to start some tomatoes inside from seeds. How long does it take to get them big enough to set out? A: The guideline is to start them six to eight weeks before the last frost. Kilgore is...

READ MORE

Mustard Greens – Addition To A Salad

Q: A couple of years ago we came upon seeds for mustard greens, which we sowed in early spring. It added a pleasant “tingle” when mixed with salad greens, but we can’t remember the name of the seed. Can you...

READ MORE

Landscaping – Looking For A Career

Q: I need some advice on career choices in the horticulture industry. I’m a graduate of Gwinnett Technical College in Landscape Horticulture. My interests are caring for plants and helping others who need help with theirs. A: Landscape companies are...

READ MORE

Poison Ivy – Winter Removal

Q: I pulled brown, hard poison ivy vines from my azaleas. Needless to say, I have a rash in the middle of the winter. There are two roots so big and strong they won’t budge from the ground. Please advise....

READ MORE

Landscaping – Taking Care Of Plants In the Meantime

Q: I bought several plants recently that were great buys: althea, crepe myrtle, camellia, azalea, magnolias and rhododendron. We are having grading done for a new driveway and retaining walls. What is the best way to take care of the...

READ MORE

Weeds – Identification with Pictures

Weed control in the landscape is a tough business. You have to know a lot about the weed in question just to get started! As in most situations, a picture is worth a thousand words. Go through the sites below,...

READ MORE

Diagnosing (Identifying) Holes in the Yard

Sometimes many heads are better than one when it comes to solving a problem. Wade Hutcheson, my Extension colleague in Spalding county, gets plenty of calls from the citizens of his area asking his help in identifying various holes in...

READ MORE

Brown Patch – Diagnosing

You have brown patches of dead grass in your lawn. Is it the common lawn disease ‘brown patch’ or is it something else? The answer is important: if it is brown patch you probably need to spray with a fungicide....

READ MORE

Bermuda – Weed Control

BASIC INFORMATION: Weed Identification Pictures General Turf and Weed Info Lawn Care Calendars THREE METHODS There are three primary methods of controlling weeds. Any one method, when used alone, will not usually control all of your weeds. To consistently control...

READ MORE

Lawn – Timing Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application

One of the sourest phrases that can be directed at a child or adult is “I told you so!” Whether you touch a hot match, leave tools out in the rain, or lift cinder blocks all afternoon, someone is usually...

READ MORE

St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

Q: Please tell me where I can buy St. Augustine grass seeds. Our lawn has some now and we like it a lot, but we’re having trouble finding seeds. A: You can’t buy St. Augustinegrass seed. The plant is very...

READ MORE

Lawn – Growing in Shade

OK. I admit it. I have given up. I came to the conclusion that grass just would not grow in the corner of my lawn near the ornamental cherry trees. The shade there is so dense that my grass, no...

READ MORE

Lawn – Leveling

A new home in my neighborhood had bermudagrass sod planted in March. By May, one area was a perfect checkerboard of straight lines, composed of weedy plants, surrounding the individual squares of sod. Evidently the sod installers were in such...

READ MORE

Bermuda Grass – Disease – Brown Patch

Brown patch is most prevalent on bermudagrass which has been heavily fertilized when night temperatures are above 68 degrees and day temperature are above 80 degrees. Dead patches of grass may start small but can grow and join together to...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – Pruning

One of the most confounding arguments I face is whether and how to prune crapemyrtles. They are mercilessly “murdered” by unaware landscapers and homeowners each winter… yet they still bloom in summer. Some people even believe a crapemyrtle won’t bloom...

READ MORE